'''Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell''', ''née'' '''Stevenson''' (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as '''Mrs Gaskell''', was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era
. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social history|social historians
as well as lovers of literature.
[[http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/24/4/158.pdf "Children in Early Victorian England: Infant Feeding in Literature and Society 1837–1857." Tropical Pediatrics and Environmental Child Health August 1978]]
Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte
, ''The Life of Charlotte Bronte'', which was published in 1857.